County Line: Homecoming season, Pleasant View and Salem up next

Published 10:51 am Wednesday, September 21, 2022

By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

Pleasant View Baptist Church will celebrate homecoming Sunday, Sept. 25. After Sunday school at 10 a.m., Pastor Brandon Gwaltney will bring the message at the 11 a.m. service.  There will be a covered-dish dinner. Church members invite all former members and friends to bring a basket of good food and fond memories to share as they celebrate the church anniversary.

Salem United Methodist Church will also celebrate homecoming this Sunday. There will be a special singing service at 10 a.m. with Pastor Jesse Teal bringing the message at the 11 a.m. service. Church members invite former members and friends to bring a basket of good food and fond memories to share at the dinner following the service.

Upcoming community events: 176th Harmony Hill Camp Meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 5-Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Harmony town square;  Pastor Appreciation Day Sunday, Oct. 9 at Calvary Baptist;  homecoming Sunday, Oct. 9, at Piney Grove AME Zion; and homecoming Sunday, Nove. 6 at Calvary Baptist.

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Stephen Edward Nantz; who died late Thursday night, Sept. 8 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. After a courageous battle with cancer the past year, he was undergoing diagnostic tests for a possible new treatment when he unexpectedly suffered fatal heart failure.

The younger of two children, he was born in 1974 in Iredell County to John and Mary Elizabeth Thorne Nantz, formerly of Ridge Road. He was reared in Harmony and attended Society Baptist with his family.  As a child, he enjoyed spending time with his Grandma Thorne on Ridge Road when his parents were at work.  He attended Harmony School, graduated from North Iredell High in 1992, and earned a bachelor’s of business administration from UNC-Charlotte in 1996.  Stephen began his professional career with Ryan Homes of Charlotte and was new home operations manager with Lake Mist Homes.  In 2011 he married the former Alyssa Somers of Iredell; the couple initially made their home in Sherrills Ford and later built a new home on Lake Norman in Mooresville in 2020.  A Carolina fan since a child, he enjoyed boating and golfing. A family burial was held Monday morning in the cemetery of Society Baptist, where he was a member; a celebration of his life was held that afternoon at Beulah Baptist in Iredell.

We send get-well wishes to Nannie Lue Hollar, who is now a patient at Gordon Hospice House of Statesville. Eva Campbell has improved and is recuperating at home. Jap Johnson is recuperating at home. Eddie Porter has improved and has been recuperating at home with physical therapy since Thursday of last week. Alice Waugh remains in rehab at Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing upon Nannie Lue, Eva, Jap, Eddie, Alice, and other residents who are having health problems. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and strength upon our family in the death of my nephew Stephen.  Remember in prayer Odean and Brenda Bell; his mother Mary Jurney Bell died Thursday of last week.

For news and memories to share, please call or text Shirley on 336-492-5115 or email